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Driving School Instructor Certificate


State Motor Vehicles, Department of

People who wish to teach at a driving school must get a Driving School Instructor Certificate. This certificate comes from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Certified instructors must:
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • have possessed a driver license that is valid in New York State with a good record for two years;
  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • pass vision, road sign, written, and practical tests;
  • have never been convicted of a felony or certain other crimes; and
  • have completed a DMV-certified Methods and Content Course for In-Car Instruction.
Applicants who wish to teach Pre-licensing Courses must also complete a 30-hour Teaching Techniques and Methodology course.

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Bureau of Driver Training Programs
Certification and Oversight Unit
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228
Phone (518) 473-7174
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